from the wild blue yonder
wild blue flax
USUALLY 18' tall/wide
BLUE FLOWERS spring into summer
regular to moderate water (low to terrace zone)
FULL SUN TO PART SHADE
HARDY TO ABOUT -30°F
NECTAR PLANT FOR native bees, BUTTERFLIES AND a larval host for the owlet moth
This wonderful little perennial has a brilliant blue flower that emerges in spring and continues until about August. The flowers of wild blue flax (Linum lewisii) appear atop stems rising from a rosette with spirally-arrange lanceolate leaves. Though it is a short-lived perennial (about 2-3 years), it reseeds readily in the garden. It's a nice perennial to blend in with native grasses.
Grow in full to part sun with moderate water. This species is hardy to -30°F.
Found on slopes and in open meadows from 3,500-11,500 ft throughout North America and Mexico. The flowers are specially attractive to native bees. The plant is a larval host to the owlet moth.